But downtown streets in Eugene will soon have more of a police presence after the Eugene Police Department opens its new substation downtown.
The new substation is located in the Lane County Community College building on Olive and Broadway.
Right across from the bus station and library, the new location will allow for a group of officers based downtown to have a central office to work from.
Building this substation has been in the works since last August when the department moved their main offices from downtown to Country Club Drive.
The downtown officers don’t patrol with cars but instead use bikes. So since the department moved, there’s been a lot of pedal power for officers to get back and forth to headquarters several times a day.
“It just was not very productive. I would say a good third of their day was non-productive because of the location without a substation,” said Lieutenant Larry Crompton, Eugene Police Department.
Although officers are getting settled in their new workplace, the substation is not open to the public yet. But, they say they plan to have it ready for walk-ins by Monday morning.
That substation will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. noon and then again from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.